Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance.
Over the years as a freelance video editor, I’ve worked at different shops with with vastly different computing capabilities.
I’ve edited on boxes that were extremely responsive, but have struggled with others like I was in an underwater fight sequence.
Geekbench gives you a score on the performance of your Mac (or PC) and a list of other data to compare it to the performance of a newer or older version of your computer.
Here’s Geekbench looking at my 2009 MacBook Pro 17″:
After I click Run Benchmarks, a minute and a half or so passes before I’m shown the results:
Not only can you see how your box compared to older and newer versions, you can share your results with other Geekbench users around the world.
Here are my full specs:
Here’s how my laptop fares compared to 2000 other models with the same specs:
I could have probably scored higher if I had less apps running when I ran the test, but this was just a down and dirty measurement.
If, after running Geekbench, your Mac seems slow compared to your peers then you may want to take steps to improve its performance.
There are robust apps like CleanMyMac that will get your computer humming; we’ve also written extensively about simple steps you can take to improve system performance. These will cost you nothing but time.
Geekbench works for Mac, Windows, Linux, Android and iPhone.